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Douglas Carswell, Conservative MP for Harwich, introduced a ten minute rule bill, the Parliamentary Elections (Recall and Primaries) Bill, on 13 October.
The Bill would provide for a recall mechanism-that is, a way to trigger a by-election where an MP was guilty of serious wrongdoing. It would also allow local people to petition their returning officer to organise open primary ballots to elect a successor.
It is down for a Second Reading debate on 16 October.
Ten Minute Rule Bills are often a chance for MPs to voice an opinion on a subject or aspect of an existing law. Members make speeches of no more than ten minutes outlining their position, which another MP may oppose in a similar short statement.
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